40th anniversary of Hurricane Anita

On 16 August, 1977, a tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa.  It wasn’t until nearly two weeks later that the wave developed enough convection and a surface circulation, and was designated a tropical depression in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.  The system slowly moved west-southwestward, but rapidly intensifying into a category-5 […]

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25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew striking South Florida

In the early morning hours of August 24, 1992, Category-Five Hurricane Andrew roared across southern Florida leaving behind a trail of devastation that stunned the nation.  Andrew was the first hurricane of this ferocity to hit the continental United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969, and repercussions of its landfall were felt in the world […]

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35th anniversary of the publication first documenting the eyewall cycle in intense tropical cyclones

In February, 1982, The Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences published a ground-breaking study by Hugh Willoughby, Jean Clos, and Mohammed Shoreibah on what became to be known as the eyewall replacement cycle.  Using data obtained from NOAA P3 flights into very intense Hurricanes Anita, David and Allen, they found that a common feature of intense […]

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30th Anniversary of Hurricane Gloria

On September 27, 1985, Hurricane Gloria swept over the Outer Banks then rushed across Long Island, New England, and Canada.  It was the first significant hurricane to hit New England in twenty-five years and brought heavy rains and high winds to the Mid-Atlantic states as well. Gloria began as a tropical depression over the Cape […]

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30th Anniversary of Hurricane Elena

Midday on September 2, 1985, Hurricane Elena came ashore near Biloxi, MS.  But it had been anything of a direct path.  Elena’s track had many twists that had vexed forecasters and emergency managers all along the northern Gulf coast. Elena began as a disturbance in the deep tropical Atlantic, but hostile conditions prevented it from […]

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30th Anniversary of Project STORMFURY evaluation article

In the May 1985 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, an article evaluating Project STORMFURY written by four Hurricane Research Division scientists was published.  The Project was a twenty-year effort by the United States Government to test the hypothesis that seeding hurricanes with silver iodide would substantially alter the structure of the […]

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60th Anniversary of Hurricane Hazel

On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel made its devastating landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC.  Hazel had already ravaged islands in the Caribbean and Bahamas and would go on to wreak a path of destruction up the eastern United States and into Canada.  It left over a thousand people dead and nearly 400 million of dollars […]

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25th Anniversary of a ‘hairy hop’ into Hurricane Hugo

NOAA 42 radar display of Hugo’s eyewall On September 15, 1989, NOAA 42 “Kermit” flew a research mission into Hurricane Hugo, east of Barbados, that became what old-time Hurricane Hunters called a “hairy hop”.  This referred to a hurricane flight where the turbulence was so severe as to put the mission in jeopardy. The day […]

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35th Anniversary of Hurricane David’s Florida landfall

On September 3, 1979, Hurricane David, one of the most destructive and deadly Atlantic hurricanes on record, made a glancing landfall on south Florida after its devastating rampage through the Caribbean.  David had seemed to be aimed to make landfall in  either Dade or Broward counties but just hours before impact swerved to the right […]

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45th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

Hurricane Debbie’s eye as seen from ESSA DC-6 On August 18th and 20th, 1969 Hurricane Debbie was subjected to a seeding experiment as part of Project STORMFURY.  STORMFURY was a joint Navy and Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA was the predecessor of NOAA) project to test the hypothesis that seeding hurricanes with silver iodide would […]

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